Recent suggestions

Clear scrubland on Lord Street

There is a small scrubland on Lord Street behind the former South Bank Hotel. It is a real eyesore in the centre of town. I notice that several submissions have asked for more green space – why not turn this patch of land into a community garden? The land is small, level and easily accessed […]

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Rescue The Decks

The Decks is highlighted in the Council’s own Town Deal presentation as having ‘helped to introduce new residential populations and created an attractive riverside residential corridor.’ Yet it is now in imminent danger of becoming a derelict eyesore because it doesn’t meet post-Grenfell fire regulations, despite being signed off by Council inspectors when built and […]

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Open Top Locks Canal

Opening the canal again would be a great asset to the town & the local businesses, bringing in more tourists and helping to improve the damage caused when the “Shopping City” was built in the 60’s & 70’s!

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Market town

Revamp runcorn old town making it an attractive market town… take a leaf out of Frodsham’s book make it the heart of the town and some where to go.

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A new supermarket

Recent events have shown that for a town with a population the size of Runcorn one major supermarket is not sufficient. Our most vulnerable have been unable to source the basic items needed and asda having the monopoly does not provide price competition

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More things kids can do

I feel that in runcorn it’s getting worse and worse but I feel if you add more things to runcorn like new skateparks with lights so at night kids can ride and places like freerunning centres to be opened up

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Sports and Leisure

More money invested into grass root football, better pitches, better facilities and other sports and maybe a sports centre. Need more people getting healthy and active and keep kids out of trouble and a better standard of living

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Talk to small business owners

Love opening top lock idea! Should have more control over what business’ open up in the Old Town. Speak to small business owners and give them some help to make it an appealing place to shop and spend time. Improve the look and have less charges on small business owners struggling to build would b […]

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A New Shopping Centre

In my opinion Halton Lea is a dead zone now and it can’t compete with the likes of Cheshire Oaks, Warringtons Golden Square, Liverpool ONE and right now it can’t even compete with Widnes. I suggest that the council open a huge shopping outlet like Cheshire Oaks that way we can have more revenue pumped […]

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Trains to Northwich/Knutsford/Manchester

Provision of a regular passenger train service between Liverpool and Manchester, via Runcorn, Northwich and Knutsford. This would open up accessibility within Cheshire for non-drivers, in a clean environment-friendly way. Current bus services are very limited and involve multiple changes, making journey times disproportionate. Rail maps suggest the line potentially still exists, using a junction […]

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Regenerate Old Town

The Old town needs lots of love and money, to make it fit as a shopping centre and a place to go for evening entertainment. This might well include both the Bridgewater canal and Manchester ship canal areas as suggested. It has lots of potential but had been neglected for decades.

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Better facilities for kids

Invest more to entertain our youths to stop them hanging round shops in gangs. I would like to see investment in all youth centres so that we can have full calendars of entertainment or clubs for all our youths in all our community centres, gyms and leisure centres. This should include bringing back cops and […]

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A better bus network

A lot of people are suggesting reopening the canal to bring in tourism and visitors, but they seem to forget that Runcorn doesn’t have much to stay for! One of the more horrific elements of Runcorn is the atrocious bus network, which was so bad the bus company went bankrupt, and the replacement company Arriva […]

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Start up businesses

Buy up the empty building in Runcorn town center, and use them to incubate small businesses. By providing support , advice and 12 months rent free, this would encourage visitors to bring income in, and provide local jobs

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More Green Spaces

Runcorn, Old Town in particular, has a lot of derelict buildings and brownfield sites and a distinct lack of parks and green spaces for community to arise, particularly for people with young children and elderly folks. I very much agree with revitalising the canal system as this is currently the only real natural area and […]

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Runcorn Swimming Pool

Rather than close it and build a new one consideration should be made about renovating it. The building I believe is structurally sound and it only needs cosmetic work doing. We hear about it not being “fit for purpose”, without any explanation of what that means. It is a tank with water in, it is […]

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CARNEGIE LIBRARY, EGERTON ST

Check it’s history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnegie_Library,_Runcorn It is an amazing Designated Grade 2 listed building, Reference no. 1392040 with many beautiful stone features and stained glass windows – it needs saving, and bringing back into use in some way. It must NOT be left to rot, it must NOT be demolished. Please, no “mystery fires”…

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Open Halton Castle

Halton Castle is presently closed to visitors except on perhaps one day per year. It should be opened up to visitors and enquiries made with the Duchy of Lancaster whether the present public house and former Georgian courthouse could be converted into a visitor centre and museum. The ruins could also be lit at night.

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Regenerating the old town

I would suggest a regeneration of the old town to make it more attractive to businesses. More restaurants, nicer bars, independent retailers. Having better transport facilities as well as parking would be advantageous. The whole old town looks run down and dismal right now. Places like the brindley and the lovely little reading area are […]

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Restore the canal locks.

Restore the locks from the Bridgewater canal down to the Manchester Ship Canal. This will bring additional investment to the area and increase visitor spending. It will also have a wider benefit as it will create a new canal cruising ring route and that will increase visitor spending around the whole route.

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Re-open top locks

Fund the re-establishment of the locks and canal from Waterloo Bridge to the Manchester Ship Canal. Invest in High St and Church St and make use of the historic buildings that already exist to draw tourists to a town with a longer history than Liverpool and Widnes. Make the most of the fact that we […]

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Re-open top locks

Fund the re-establishment of the locks and canal from Waterloo Bridge to the Manchester Ship Canal. Invest in High St and Church St and make use of the historic buildings that already exist to draw tourists to a town with a longer history than Liverpool and Widnes. Make the most of the fact that we […]

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Entertainment

We need more entertainment in Runcorn, we have a very select few shops and the old town is filled with takeaways, charity shops and beauty salons. We need more variety. We need more people travelling here to spend money to boost the economy. We need more acts on in the Brindley which is an amazing […]

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Waterfront development

Opening the locks and canals would be great, however, if this is going to be done, the waterfront drastically needs development, the old flats & buildings running along the ship canal/Mersey, on Mersey road are a real eyesore. It could be a lovely place for bars, restaurants, cafes. The sunsets you get on the water […]

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Update

I think the city and the old town both need updating. Widnes looks great got ice skating new shopping area bigger shops everything and yet what has Runcorn got? A new charity shop and more food places! It needs a serious facelift

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Rewilding Runcorn

Runcorn has many places that are now absent of its once native wildlife. Species that once used to be common like the viviparous lizard and harvest mouse are locally extinct. I believe it’s important now more than ever to help stabilise our local ecosystems by reintroducing native flora and fauna to our wild areas. As […]

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Old Town and Locks Regeneration

With the old town train station regeneration, restoring the locks and old town would tie in perfectly. The old town is tired. Within its regeneration it may be an idea to include a youth facility. This would help Runcorn so much, our youth are bored. Make the Old Town a health hub, there are too […]

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Regenerate the old town

Investment is needed to regenerate the old town shopping area, too many take aways and beauty/hair salons. We need a full market back, bring people back to the town. Opening up the locks would bring people back here. Business rates should be lowered so that people can build successful businesses.

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4G pitch

We need an open 4G pitch for all the youth to play on and keep them all out of trouble as all they are doing is stupid stuff I think if you put that there in Runcorn it will make them socialise them to join together as a group and have a good game of […]

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Improve the transport links

With the recent closure of Halton Transport, the already limited bus services in the area are now even worse. There are very limited evening services, so for those who work late, there’s generally no way of travelling home after a certain time on public transport. Maybe a similar system to Oyster cards could be brought […]

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Reopen Bridgewater Canal locks

Reopening the locks on the Bridgewater Canal would reinstate an historic transport route and open up the canal to vastly more tourist traffic. It would be a very cost-effective way to revitalise the old town centre. A thriving canal brings a great boost to local businesses and raises property prices.

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Give Runcorn the Regeneration She Deserves

Runcorn’s fortunes were always tied to the local waterways, from Ethelfleda founding her as a burgh to defend Mercia from waterborne attack by Viking ships using the Mersey, to expanding in three significant phases due to the investment of the Mersey & Irwell, Bridgewater, and Manchester Ship canal enterprises, amongst several lesser developments. The re-opening […]

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Reopening the link

I strongly support the reopening of the link between the canals as it would open up the network to traffic which would help revitalise shops and tourist attractions in old Runcorn.

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Boating Attraction

As a boater who only rarely takes his boat into Runcorn because there is currently little of canal interest the re-opening of the historic locks would be a game changer. I know others who feel the same so it would bring more visitors, and their money, into Runcorn. That it would reopen a link to […]

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reopen the locks

The canal is a great feature in Runcorn but it needs to connect, so please restore the locks so that enthusiasts can use the canal for pleasures trips. This would bring visitors to the area.

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Unlock Runcorn

Re-connection of the Bridgewater Canal with the Manchester Ship Canal, creating The Runcorn Ring, so as to promote the town centre economy and create an attraction for all. It could include a marina and visitors centre to provide employment and facilities for the town as a whole.

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Reopen the canal locks

Regeneration of the Runcorn canal and locks will create jobs and leisure opportunities for the community. Waterway regeneration by partnering volunteers and agencies have produced wonders all around the UK. Please look at restoring this vital waterway link.

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Canal Link

Re open the canal link from the Bridgewater canal to the Manchester Ship Canal. This would generate passing boat traffic which would bring more customers into the town centre. It would also create the opportunity for canal side businesses to open.

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The Old Town

The Old Town needs redevelopment there is nothing much in it. Theres too many Fast Food shops which isn’t making it worth visiting.

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UNLOCK RUNCORN

Re-open the canal route from Runcorn Town Centre to the Manchester Ship Canal. This will provide a circular canal route linking the Bridgewater Canal, the Ship Canal, the Weaver Navigation and the Trent and Mersey Canal. It will attract many recreational boater and many viewing tourists in the way the Falkirk Wheel has done for […]

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Superb concept

Reopen the locks and create a canal/river link! Down the Runcorn locks to the Manchester Ship Canal. Up the Weaver Navigation to the Anderson Lift. Up to the Trent & Mersey. Through the tunnel to Preston Brook. Along the Bridgewater to the Runcorn spur and back to where you started!

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Top Locks unlocked

By opening up the canal it would re-engage the historic link to the Mersey, Ship Canal & the Weaver, taking in many attractions & industrial landscapes inc the Anderton boat lift, creating an exciting canal system & regenerating of the area, for all.

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Reopen the Runcorn Locks

Reopen the locks that link the end of the Bridgewater canal to the Manchester Ship Canal and hence to the River Weaver and Elsemere Port and the top of the Shropshire Union. This would increase the attraction for boater to come down to the town of Runcorn and increasing tourism to see the locks with […]

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Regeneration

Canal restoration has been proven to revitalise areas particularly towns. Viz. Stalybridge, Saddleworth, Marsden, Slaithwaite and Huddersfield on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal David Sumner MBE President Huddersfield Canal Society.

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Old town regeneration

Old town regeneration Contributed on 19th February 2020 Town: Runcorn Re open the canal link to the ship canal from the Bridgewater with a tourist drawing project. Redevelop the old town are as an attractive shopping location for independent retailers, making a unique offering and regeneration of Runcorn old town.

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Old Town, New Town

Runcorn was one of the most important towns in the 1800’s in the whole of the north west. It’s docks brought in the raw materials to keep the Lancashire, Cheshire and Midlands factories running. It’s canals were the busy, thriving artery that kept the wheels of industry turning. Then they brought the wealth with the […]

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REGENERATION

simply drag the canal into the old town, open up the old locks and regenerate the shopping area, if that means knocking down old buildings do it, its about time this town was invested in and not supressed.

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Unlock the canals.

Reopen the closed canal under Waterloo Bridge Runcorn. This would allow tourists passing through to stop and enjoy the town, investing in the future and allowing local businesses to grow.

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albany terrace

the bridgewater canal be opened again down to the ship canal/river Mersey as it was before the silver jubilee bridge was opened by princess Alexandra in 1961.

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Restore Runcorn Locks

Restoring Runcorn locks so that boats can use them would bring income from tourism to the town. Everybody loves to see boats and canals, it would bring prosperity, and also provide employment and volunteering opportunities helping to engage the local community

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Community

It would be lovely to see this beautiful town brought back to life, opening the locks, creating jobs, improving the local area, bringing people in from other towns, but most of all creating a real community, one that we, and our kids can be proud of

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Restore a canal link

I strongly support the reopening of the Runcorn Locks as an important link in the canal network, and an attractive and interesting amenity added to the town. People love to watch boats going through the locks, and the canal will provide new life and business for the community. Should never have been allowed to close, […]

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Unlock Runcorn

Make Runcorn a destination, not a dead end, by opening up the locks to the Manchester Ship Canal. This would bring people into Runcorn Town who will restock their barges and spend money in the town. Niche shops would also make this a destination and provide the footfall to keep them going.

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Information Board

We’ve been down a couple of times and not seen anything related to what’s happening or signage to where information can be found. If it’s not been done since we’ve been down, that would be my suggestion

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Unlock Runcorn

By opening the locks at Runcorn a new cruising ring would be created which would increase use of the canals and with it the tourist potential, this would also include communities along The Weaver, Trent & Mersey and Bridgewater Canals

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Old town regeneration

Re open the canal link to the ship canal from the Bridgewater with a tourist drawing project. Redevelop the old town are as an attractive shopping location for independent retailers, making a unique offering and regeneration of Runcorn old town.

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